Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Extremist rhetoric from Act on welfare

Labour
2000 web site
"Act's vacant waffle on welfare is more whacked-out extremism from the crackpot party that wants education vouchers and a bigger jail population," says Labour's welfare spokesperson Steve Maharey.

"Richard Prebble's so-called policy consists of meaningless generalities and wild claims about welfare failure. There is not one specific proposal.

"Clearly Act's only ideas about welfare are destructive. It has no positive agenda and merely wants to slash at social security the way it would slash at health and education.

"Mr Prebble's ludicrous claim that a single mother would be better off under Act doesn't stack up with his party's earlier threat to abolish the domestic purposes benefit for women under 20. Is that still part of Act policy or is it now on the hidden agenda?

"What has happened to Act's plans to make unemployment beneficiaries work or train for up to 40 hours a week? Perhaps someone has got through to Mr Prebble that providing jobs and training costs money and can't be done by a party that wants to slash Government spending to the bone.

"The truth is that Act believes the poor and unemployed should be left to forage in the rubbish bins of Mr Prebble's wealthy supporters. It has no concern whatsoever for the welfare, health and education of anyone who can't pay through the nose."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news